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Turkish Delight


Lokum (Turkish delight)

Lokum (Turkish delight)Love turkish delight it is my favorite sweet. I like the rose water flavor best and like it with a nut in the centre occasionally

Photography by Steve Brown

For a sweet end to your Turkish date, try these sweet treats flavoured with rosewater.

Makes

25 pieces

Ingredients

  • Olive oil spray
  • 860g (4 cups) caster sugar
  • 1L (4 cups) water
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tbs gelatine powder
  • 130g (1 cup) cornflour
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 2 tsp rosewater essence
  • Red food colouring
  • 300g (2 cups) icing sugar mixture

Method

  1. Spray a square 20cm (base measurement) cake pan with olive oil spray to grease. Line the base and side with non-stick baking paper, allowing the sides to overhang.
  2. Place the sugar and 500ml (2 cups) of the water in a large heavy-based saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Place a sugar thermometer in the pan. Increase heat to medium. Cook, without stirring, brushing down the side of the pan occasionally with a pastry brush dipped in water, for 25 minutes or until the sugar thermometer reaches 125°C. Stir in the lemon juice.
  3. Meanwhile, place the gelatine, cornflour and cream of tartar in a large saucepan. Use a balloon whisk to whisk in a little of the remaining water to form a paste. Gradually whisk in the remaining water. Place over medium heat and cook, stirring, for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture boils and thickens.
  4. Gradually pour the sugar syrup into the cornflour mixture, whisking constantly (if the mixture becomes lumpy, pour through a fine sieve into another saucepan).
  5. Reduce heat to low. Place the sugar thermometer in the saucepan. Simmer, stirring occasionally to prevent the mixture sticking to the base of the pan, for 1 hour or until the mixture is light golden and sugar thermometer reaches 110°C. Add the rosewater and a few drops of the food colouring and stir until well combined. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  6. Set aside to cool to room temperature and place in the fridge for 4 hours or overnight until firm.
  7. Pour the icing sugar mixture onto a large chopping board. Turn the lokum onto the icing sugar and use a lightly greased knife to cut into 3cm pieces. Toss the lokum in the icing sugar to coat. Serve.

Notes

  • You will need a sugar thermometer for this recipe
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